* Posts by goldcd

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

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I've had a load of Asus stuff over the years

none of it has ever gone wrong. Ever.

I'm now not concerned so much for their customer support 'sucking', but for hearing that their products have declined to the extent they're required to provide customer support.

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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

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In this case though

I think "she started it" (unless you can find another reason, aside from the physical, that she's involved)

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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It must be spent

on psychiatric treatment, shown to work.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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I'm confused

All that's needed is a flexible API - buggered if I can see what Apple (or Google) are intending to bring, that isn't lock-in.

Maybe I'm becoming an old-luddite, but I was quite happy with BT pairing, and my GPS being able to mute, and then shout through the speakers, when it wanted me to make a turn.

I can see maybe it would be nice to let my charging phone in a pocket shove the accompanying picture onto the dashboard.. Working the other way, maybe allow my car to browse/control exposed services - but nothing more than say a smart-watch can. Actually, I think that's exactly what I want - Smart-watch OS, with physical buttons I can hit.

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Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

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Hmm

Image linked on website: http://lostboy.net/Crypto.jpg

Collar seems like it should have 26 dots, with a white circles covering a set of 2 and 3 dots..

..collar also seems to be pointing...

..and with this I really need to go to work.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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I'd like to see a trial.

Not as I'd want to see him convicted of anything though.

Just we currently have two sides who haven't been forced to confront each other - and without confrontation, there's no decision, and we're left in limbo.

The NSA did something illegal Ed exposed, +1 Ed.

The NSA did something legal and secret Ed blurted, +1 NSA.

Tot up the scores at the end, and the loser gets a jail sentence.

I quite like the idea of the NSA director actually exposing himself to the same potential consequences.

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Law prof Lessig vows to take cash out of politics by raising tons of money

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Why's this ridiculous?

Futile maybe, but the idea appeals to me.

Putting aside I'm a British citizen, the problem we face here is the same - funding has completely borked our political parties.

Wish it wasn't the case, but without funding behind you it doesn't matter what your ideas are - you don't stand a chance. And, if you take funding (from hedge-fund to unions) they want something back and will hold the withdrawal of funding over your head forever more - your soul has been bought.

In this context, it seems eminently sensible to raise this politically agnostic question. The only objectors are surely the donating minority?

Sort this out - and then we can move on.

Seems bizarre that all acknowledge 'communication opportunities' (i.e.advertising/press support) sway elections, acknowledge this requires financial support - and then make it illegal to buy votes.

With my pragmatic hat on, it would seem more efficient in our current system just to jump to vote-purchase (take your ballot receipt to your council office for cash-back etc) - at least it would reduce the collective expense.

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Yep

Words like "60 hours of gameplay!!" fill me with utter dread.

Games I tend to play are Indy(ish), mainly as they have an interesting novel idea and don't tend to spin it out endlessly (Currently halfway through D4 and think new episode of Life is Strange).

Nothing against the AAA's (Online Battlefield with beer is a definite favourite, and very much enjoyed pootling around in GTA).

What I have learnt to dislike is anything that bores me. Nothing worse than "I'm not enjoying this, and I'm burning up my time". Oh and shit like Assassin's Creed 'hunt the feathers' - I know I'm not going to bother getting them all, so why put them in.

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Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

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The package seized was mainly tobacco with a bit of heroin

Assuming the price of getting stuff in and risk of being caught is fixed - seems a somewhat strange cargo.

Sure you're not right, and it worked?

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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So if they came across it, mounted and readable

Where does the 30-char password come into this?

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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I always wonder

about the ones who weren't cowed, but we've never heard of.

Maybe nobody did get secretly caught and imprisoned though.. maybe.

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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Yes

But I strongly suspect lack of noise would be wasted money.

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Yes

I just went through this yesterday and there's a page in the installer, where it shows I think browser, music, photo viewer and summat else. Sure if you click through it sets MS stuff as the default, but easy enough to click and ask it to leave your defaults alone.

Just loading up Firefox, I get a big highlighted "Use Firefox as my default browser" button, with a small "Not Now" alternative option.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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can I add SD card?

This thing is infuriating close to being perfect.

Oh, and I'd miss my "Boom Sound" as well.. Here's hoping for the OnePlus 3

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Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

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One of those rare deals

Where I find myself nodding along, agreeing with the points made and all the rest.

Ouya got some traction in positioning Android as a console that plugs into a TV - Razer made all manner of interesting hardware, that I've never seen off an internet picture/article.

Actually, maybe nVidia would have made a better suitor - but they'd have had to swallow their pride on their abortive marketplaces, despite excellent hardware.

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Meep.

I'm a great big fat android fanboy - but I'm this is why Android is bad.

Apple (for better or worse) to seem to support their hardware: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_iOS_devices#Highest_version_of_iOS_supported

Or at least if you're a 4S or beyond owner, they seem to have you covered.

With them you're getting updates for a 4 year old device, but in world of premium android you seem to get a "gentleman's agreement" on 2 years, and then you're on your own.

Still, not quite as bad as it seems for Android - Google with "play services" seem to have been incrementally pulling more updates under their control, but it's still a bit half-arsed.

Bit that always bemuses me though, is why they don't just embrace the Windows PC model (or probably more accurately the Windows PC laptop model) - with a Linux twist.

There's less variance in phone hardware than there is on your average PC - buggered if I can't think of a reason you can't roll a "Google Play Installer" that checks components, and installs the relevant drivers.

Has anybody actually bought an Android phone, due to the OS modifications in the last few years?

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Problem is simply

that people that makes cars have no idea about IT.

(and won't swallow their pride to ask for help).

We can all argue over how this came about - but finest example is built in GPS.

I remember when cars started coming "with a screen" and it was all very exciting. And.. well then I realized that we were being offered the chance to pay thousands for something demonstrably worse that what you could pick up for a hundred or so and stick to your wind-shield.

What *I* as the consumer want is a decent interface between my car and my phone (and this certainly doesn't mean I want an iOS or Android compatible car).

I want my car to run itself, brake when it sees I'm about to drive into somebody and all the rest - and simply the ability to overlay my phone on that screen (wot I paid for). My phone wants power, GPS (if I've got a window with elements in it) and that's about it. My phone does not need to connect to the inner workings of my car. Maybe my phone could utilize a read-only output from my car - but there's absolutely no reason my phone needs to be able to 'control' my car.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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and they still do run Lync..

..is this not a replacement for Mail/Outlook Express or whatever the freebie mail program that's come bundled with Windows for decades.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Surely that must be the most valuable

spam list ever released to lawyers.

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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

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Re: "...as well as in the pub sector"

I assumed that was a reference to the number clearly working in pubs, due to the numbers of phones and laptops found in them.

See also trains.

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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

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They might have

but didn't find anybody running it.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Can't help but feel the Pono backers feel

they should have stumped up a bit more to get Taylor Swift.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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I've got a Moto 360

Which does support wifi - nice to have, but not revolutionary.

No popups or anything like that.

Seems to try to connect via your watch on BT, then if it can't see your phone it tries wifi - and if that doesn't work you just get the little "offline" icon popping up.

Only niggle is that is seems to want you to reconfirm the wifi password on your phone, before it'll work.

i.e. First time on wifi and you forget your phone, it then makes you go and find it to retype the password, before your watch will work.

No idea if it's a glitch or some security feature I can't work out..

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One MEEELLION users download Facebook-pwning droid game

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Google Maps/Navigate if you want something free

If you want something that works offline, I like Co-pilot.

Works well and has sanely priced maps with free updates.

To be honest though, Google is what I use day to day and just use Co-pilot abroad if I'd otherwise be paying for roaming data.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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and I'm sure you're right

but is this all driven from your requirement to *only* use a RaspberyPi, or merely your excitement that you can?

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I'm with you

and could I add "It's using X amount of RAM" is NOT going to sway my opinion either.

I have loads of the stuff, it's coming out of my ears - exactly what demographic are we targeting who has 2 gigs of RAM, and wishes to deal with Linux?

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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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"not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly"

I'd have guessed that was intentional...

The 'missing' bit of the hexagon, is where you fit in the teensy motherboard that is the watch.

Battery+mobo=layer 1, screen = layer 2

If you made the battery the same size as the watch, then you end up with a 3 layer design.

If you look at current phones or thin laptops, the battery is most of the volume. Main board is usually wrapped around it, as much easier to craft this to fill in the voids, than shaping the battery.

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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

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Meh

I don't agree with the valuation either - but then I don't give a flying-f over it, as it doesn't impact me.

Maybe the correct course of action would be to ensure that any significant investors of your money (in my case just my pension) aren't "unduly influenced".

Maybe we're both wrong. Maybe we're old farts who have no idea what's going on - but I do feel there's a backlash a'coming - Google & MS yes. Facebook, whilst I don't like them get a 'yes'. Twitter, Instagram and *splutters* Snapchat - RUN RUN RUN.

Not saying they're not good businesses, but can't see any way they'll ever make the money to cover their perceived value, without cannibalizing to meet a quarter. My contentious bet would also be to dump Apple - great products but the rubblings are out there (Pro - great but silly expensive, Macbook style has finally overtaken substance, iPhone nobody needs more - but world wants cheaper) etc.

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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Oh please - all very double standards

Threaten an airport here - insult a co-worker over there - who cares about intent IT'S A SERIOUS CRIME!!!

We do still love to feel superior, and we used to be definitely, but I feel we've given away our moral high-ground years ago and seem to be basking in..well "culturalism" (and by that I mean racism at a cultural level).

Looking at the news this week, seemingly we get all precious when one of ours strips off on somebody else's spiritual mountain - but we ourselves can be criminalized for protesting with clothes on our own streets. Moreover, I armed with the very keyboard I have in front of me, can be jailed for hitting keys in the wrong/right order here.

Personally I'd love to live in a country where I can write anything I want onto twitter (if I'd ever understood it) - but that's not the world we UKers seemingly wish to live in.

I miss the old internet. I was civil and lovely to those I met in real life, and the internet gave me somewhere to vent and expand my vocabulary of rhetoric, hyperbole, and good old fashioned 'old english" - and my jousts were met with style, vitriol and panache - and offers of floors to sleep on, beers, and life-long friendships.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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Just because nothing happened

Doesn't mean Yahoo haven't being paying for the "VP of Pipes" and his cronies to roam the world first class giving "townhalls" to the unfortunate.

It's so sweet to see people assuming that because no actual work is being observed, it's not being paid for.

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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No

They've confirmed an Android client

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

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If Elon didn't exist..

we'd have to.. oh ok, maybe a bit much. But.

History book are stuffed with characters who flipped their middle-digits at the status-quo and changed stuff, and shaped the world we live in as a result.

Then it all got a bit bland.

Elon is pretty much the only person I've ever wanted to see "what he'll do next".

The bit that depresses me is that he's pretty much unique. I want a Tesla to his Edison (or Edison to his Tesla). An Amundsen to his Scott, a.. you get my drift. Just seems a bit sad he has to go off and do this all by himself.

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Really?

I've got a (quite old now) WD Live box, which I love to bits.

Doesn't have the nice integration (cross-market searching etc) that this and other streamers have, but plays back pretty much every format over any type of transport.

Does support iPlayer and netflix, but have to click through and load up the specific app.

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

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Yep

I played with their free demos - and it was actually quite impressive (actually playable) - but never quite understood who their market was.

People with decent internet connections, who couldn't afford to buy a GPU?

I vaguely thought about it as a way to play games when travelling with a shitty non-GPU work laptop, but then realized that scenario normally comes with a shitty hotel internet connection.

Only conceivable market I saw was if you wanted to play PC games on your big TV downstairs - but that got stomped on by stuff like nVidia's gamestream.

Gakkai's alternative - play a demo of the game immediately, seemed a bit rubbish - but at least I could see there might be an actual market for it.

Sad to see them go, but no loss.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Only time I've ever written to my MP

was to protest the jailing of somebody who had sold a copy of the (seemingly updated) Jolly Roger Cookbook.

He wrote me a very lovely letter back defending his position.

He was wrong.

I quit his party immediately, and feel sad.

Partly it was due to myself having happily played with thermite after delving through the JRC, I remember happily keeping in my school blazer pocket (I believe there was 50p involved to cover the cost of the floppy).

Mainly though, it's my knee-jerk abhorrence to the very concept that access to knowledge could be considered dangerous, and should therefore be forbidden.

Wouldn't want to speak for everybody, but trying to stop the spread of any knowledge strikes me as counterintuitive to the improvement of the lives of all - and maybe more pertinently, a f'in ridiculous unobtainable goal.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Oh I don't know.

I picked up an Onda (poxy CPU, 2Gigs RAM, LG screen off an ipad) last year for £150ish at my door.

For some reason I'd got it into my head "Windows was for desktops and laptops and cheap was bad".

Then I played with a Linx tablet. Was definitely 'budget', but thought windows actually seemed pretty damn good on it, and took a punt on the Onda for the better screen.

Whether you'd pick an Onda over an iPad or a Nexus is up to you - but there's a certain satisfaction with just mapping a samba share as a drive, and watching your videos on VLC. No pissing about. No wondering if you can manage to do what you could do on a PC etc.

MS have won my heart and mind over, and quite nice to see there's a 'path of expense' ahead of me now if I want to step up through their basic and pro models.

Selling my 'revelation' definitely comes with mixed results though. Half people I talk to join me in the fervor and start hunting down obscure windows tablets. Other half just look at my blankly and ask why they'd need it, when they have an iPad.

Suspect that's it pretty much. If you use a tablet - but get eternally niggled it's not a PC, you should take a punt on these. If you are 'quite happy' with your iPad, these aren't going to sway you one jot.

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Nothing wrong with the Zune

Just got sat on my Apple.

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Discreet fighting man: Battlefield Hardline

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I suspect they produced more internal ppt to justify it

but, yes.

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Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

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erm

I would have thought self-signing would be a smidge easier, than getting somebody else to provide you faked google certificates - presuming these weren't being handed out alongside business DSL connections or similar.

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Utah faints: Google Fiber to lay cable in thrilling Salt Lake City

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Just worked it out.

Whenever I see articles about Google stomping on the incumbent laggard to the acclaim of all - I had this niggling feeling that I was being duped in to cheering one billion dollar corporate behemoth over another. I felt played. Slightly impressed, but played.

Just managed to work out why I was rooting for Google.

Google make their money by you using the internet as much as possible, Comcast and their ilk make their money by charging you for it, and then wanting you not to use it.

I know why Google want me to use it, so they can scan my every page-visit, analyze my every email, and target adverts to flog me stuff for a percentage - but I buy stuff anyway, I'd see adverts (if I didn't block them), and well *shrugs* they're Google....

...htf did they make me like them..

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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I think this update is for me.

I have an ancient hydro-carbon burning car - but I have range anxiety.

I walk to work (hence the ancient car, my wife stole), but like to drive occasionally.

Today I got in, 100 mile drive ahead of me, and the fuel guage was at 1/8.

'HOW DID YOU LET THIS HAPPEN!?!'

OK, so it was immediately pointed out that there are many places selling petrol between and where we wanted to go - but I didn't feel placated. Seemingly we'd magically come across a filling station...

... well we did, by chance, we could stil all have been left stranded by the road and devoured by the locals for all my wife cares..

..This Tesla update feel like something that would appeal to me.

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X+Y shows teens are teens, regardless of where they are 'on the spectrum'

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But without it

We are all just people with the same, wants, desires, abilities, needs etc etc.

Sure it would make everything a lot more efficient to manage - we all pay the same tax, receive the same benefits - and we could then easily pin any issues this might throw up, upon the individual.

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Disney CEO: Dead Steve Jobs choc-blocked me!

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Steve really was quite a visionary, but a dick.

I will not be buying this new biography to gain insights into the blindingly f'in obvious.

Stop it.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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I appreciate the high voltage warning

he's printed onto the board. Heath and Safety is *always* important

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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"watch at $17,000, a little of the glory reflects back on all of the lowlier ones"

Not sure that works for me.

To me a nice basic watch would be a metal cased watch, with a leather strap. Maybe a metal strap for a smidge extra, if that's your thing.

The Apple watch range/pricing seems to have been entirely constructed to make you feel annoyed and spend a bit more.

Seemingly £300 for the basic plastic on plastic one and a mysterious £40 extra to get the slightly larger size. Just seems a bit strange - I remember when I paid more to make tech smaller..

Then there's a £200 jump, if you want a metal case. Metal case isn't crazy-aspirational, it's "non-budget" (my pebble was plastic, was budget and cost me $99)

So we've reached £500 for a metal watch. Not luxury range, but definitely 'being gouged'.

But WAIT! Your £500+ watch still has a 'sport strap' - you want a 'nice' strap.. well now we're starting to look at a near doubling of the price. FOR A STRAP. Now they are lovely lovely straps - but..

Gold ones are just silly though, I'll grant you.

My guess is that a load of people will go in for the £300, talk themselves up to £500 for the metal case, and make a line straight to ebay for 3rd party strap, which I assume are being manufactured right now. They'll feel a bit miffed about the price they paid, but the watch will be lovely.

Every day they strap it onto their wrists they'll feel a bit bad about that strap though.

Worst feeling of regret will come in a couple of years when the new watch model is released. Most of us can talk ourselves into a phone upgrade - but I've never ever (Pebble aside) looked at my wrist and felt it was time for an upgrade.

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No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch

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It would - and I'm unsure where this smartwatch hatred is coming from.

Tried a Pebble and liked it, but was always a bit of a faff to use - it could push notifications to my watch, but then you had to go back to your phone to do anything about them.

2 months into a Moto 360 and loving it. Solely chosen over the other Android wear devices, as it was the least offensive looking. My plastic pebble got a few fugly comments, but I didn't mind (I genuinely liked it not pretending to be something else) - but actually get "that's nice comments" for the 360.

So, suspect a few of those people might be converted.

Actually having it on your wrist is pretty useful and like the ability to respond. I'm listening to music as I walk home, it puts a pause button on my screen automatically. One swype and I get more controls.

I get a WhatsApp message, and I can read it, the thread it was in, and even dictate a response.

Also other bits and pieces are nice. When walking and using maps, I've previously had to keep looking at my phone. Now can just say "Navigate to blah on foot", and when you look at your watch it simply displays the next turn-by-turn notification on the screen.

I guess my point is, that it's not going to transform anybody's life. But, if you can get over putting your watch into a Qi cradle alongside your phone each night, there's not really any cost for the benefits.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Don't think so

Think Semolina is wheat, Polenta is Corn.

You can pick up Cornmeal reasonably easily, I have a great big bag of it in the kitchen notionally labelled as an caribbean ingredient.

Works great with pizza as well (and works as a handy non-stick layer on a pizza stone) - maybe the single piece of inspiration I ever got from Dominos pizza.

Oh course you can usually buy it labelled as Polenta, but usually seems to be more finely ground, and it's the slightly more gritty texture I like.

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Snapchat wants $19 BEEELLION for your selfies

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Whatsapp had one

Free for a year, then a dollar a year per user after that - no ads ever.

Seemed a genius business model - everybody more than happy.

Just that it crumbles to dust when Facebook rocks up in your reception with a sack of billions to drop off.

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Where on earth did you get the idea it brought in $29 a month?

It gets them less than $29 a month, as that's what they charge you to opt out.. that's all we can conclude.

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

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Re: Dumb article

I read it as you did - but didn't think it was pointless.

After only a year, there's not going to be much that's 'his' - but seems to have taken the initiatives that were floating around when he arrived and supported the good ones, and killed the less good ones (I have never seen anybody bemoaning the death of RT).

Feels like MS is thinking about making a come-back, after decades of frankly 'being boring' - I really don't mind what their long term plan for Mojang is, but it's not boring. The Surface 3 might be losing money - but first thing in a long time I picked up and thought "this is really quite clever, and I see where we're going".

Feel a bit more like google now, with interesting stuff popping up - which may or may not work out, but at least gives the impression that under the hood something is stirring and stretching.

Compare to Apple, their traditional enemy, who was always seen as the 'hip' and 'dynamic' one - new screen size, adding NFC finally and a smart watch that may eventually appear after everybody elses (including MS)

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